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first_imgThe seat of Sajjadanashin (spiritual head) at the historic dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer witnessed an acrimonious battle on Wednesday with the younger brother of Syed Zainul Abedin, the present Dewan, staking claim to the prestigious post. Mr. Abedin summarily rejected his claim.Remarks on Triple talaqThe controversy had its genesis in the recent remarks by Mr. Abedin at the conclusion of 805th Urs at the dargah. Mr. Abedin had stated that triple talaq, which did not enjoy sanction in the Quran and Shariah, had no relevance in modern times and called for a complete ban on slaughter of bovines.Mr. Abedin’s brother, Alauddin Alimi, who is a lawyer by profession, declared himself the new Dewan while affirming that Mr. Abedin had ceased to be a Hanafi Muslim after his remarks.“Since Mr. Abedin is not a Muslim any more, he cannot occupy the seat of Sajjadanashin,” Mr. Alimi toldThe Hindu.Mr. Alimi said he had consulted some Muftis about the status of his brother and would soon get a formal fatwa (opinion) from a good number of Muftis, which would clarify his position. “My position is clear. Since Mr. Abedin’s remarks are not in keeping with the Islamic faith, the hereditary seat of Sajjadanashin has been devolved to me,” he said.‘Rightful head’Mr. Alimi proclaimed himself as the new Dewan on the dargah premises when Mr. Abedin had gone to the tomb for the Kul (completion) rituals.He announced Mr. Abedin’s “removal” in the presence of pilgrims and hereditary staff and stated that henceforth he would be the rightful spiritual head of the 13th Century shrine.An angry Mr. Abedin rejected the claim of his younger brother. He said at a press conference later in the day that Mr. Alimi’s move had no legal sanctity under the Dargah Khwaja Saheb Act, 1955, and he continues to occupy the highest seat at the dargah.Son named successorWhile affirming that the seat of Sajjadanashin was hereditary, Mr. Abedin declared his son, Naseeruddin Chishti, as his successor. He said he was being targeted by “extremist elements” because of his views which were in national interest.“No one has the right to remove the dargah Dewan,” said Mr. Abedin, adding that he would seek legal opinion in the matter. He reiterated his views about the ban on beef and said Muslims should not consume beef and stay away from slaughtering bovines in order to promote communal harmony.Since Mr. Abedin’s remarks are not in keeping with the Islamic faith, the hereditary seat of Sajjadanashin has devolved to meAlauddin AlimiBrother of Syed Zainul Abedinlast_img read more


first_imgThe Maharashtra Sugar Commissioner on Wednesday served revenue recovery certificates (RRCs) to 39 errant sugar factory operators for failing to pay the fair and remunerative price (FRP) arrears to sugarcane farmers.The move comes days after Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) chief and Hatkanangale MP Raju Shetti, along with the Swaraj Party’s Yogendra Yadav, staged an agitation in front of the Sugar Commissionerate here on Monday, demanding action against 180-odd sugar mill operators who have not paid the FRP amount to farmers.While Mr. Shetti called off his proposed indefinite fast, which was to be held on Wednesday, he has warned that unless RRCs are issued to other defaulting sugar factory owners, the SSS would resume its agitation next month. Around 20 of the factories that have been served RRCs are located in the ‘sugar heartland’ districts of Sangli, Kolhapur, Satara and Solapur, while the rest are in Marathwada. The respective district collectors can now authorise seizure of sugar stock in the godowns of these defaulting factories, preventing them from selling it.Speaking to The Hindu from New Delhi, Mr. Shetti said the SSS would file a caveat in the Bombay High Court if the defaulting factory owners attempted to put pressure on Sugar Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad by urging the State Cooperation Minister not to withdraw further RRCs.He said that most of the sugar factories are in the hands of members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “Despite the tall promises given by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at the sugar conclave in Kolhapur in October last year, there has been no communication from him on this issue for the last three months. There was one meeting between the Chief Minister and the mill owners, where it agreed that only 80% of the FRP amount would be paid to farmers and that factory owners would not be investigated,” he claimed. SSS spokesman Anil Pawar said that only nine of the 190 sugar mills in the State had paid the full FRP to farmers. “Of the 180-odd defaulting factories, 77 are owned by BJP leaders, 53 belong to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders, 43 are owned by Congress members, and the others belong to Shiv Sena leaders,” Mr. Pawar said.Mr. Shetti said that of the FRP arrears of ₹5,320 crore, a total ₹1,505 crore was owed to farmers by factories belonging to BJP leaders, while ₹1,502 crore was due from those run by NCP leaders. The factories owned by Congress leaders had pending dues of ₹1,341 crore, he said.“The question is, whom do farmers turn to for justice when ruling party leaders are the biggest defaulters? Cooperation Minister Subhash Deshmukh’s sugar factory has pending FRP arrears amounting to ₹104 crore, while Rural Development Minister Pankaja Munde’s factory has a backlog of ₹64 crore,” Mr. Shetti said.However, bigwigs in the Opposition parties were even bigger defaulters, with factories controlled by NCP leader Ajit Pawar yet to pay ₹245 crore to farmers. Similarly, factories controlled by senior Congress leader Harshawardhan Patil owe a whopping ₹141 crore, while those run by Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, owe ₹68 crore to farmers.Mr. Shetti’s agitation just before the general election is expected to strengthen Mr. Shetti’s hand in the sugar belt districts in western Maharashtra. A former ally of the NDA, the two-time MP is now being backed by the NCP as part of the Congress-NCP’s ‘grand alliance’ strategy to oust the BJP.Projecting itself as the mascot of sugarcane and dairy farmers, the Swabhimani Paksha, the political arm of the SSS, is hoping to expand its presence in the State. “While we are confident Mr. Shetti will resoundingly win from Hatkanangale, we hope to field [Swabhimani Paksha State president] Ravikant Tupkar from the Buldhana constituency this time. Our aim is to win at least two seats in the Lok Sabha election and 12 in the Assembly election,” Mr. Pawar said.last_img read more


first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Alaska survives skidding Blackwater for 4th straight win “It’s a dream come true. Every fighter dreams to have this title,” he said, before reiterating that he shares the glory with the whole country. “One more time: This is not mine. This is ours. This is a product of teamwork. It’s not just about ‘Gravity,’ it’s about the people who cheer, who believed, and who watch on their TVs because they all helped this sport grow to what it is today.”Geje Eustaquio reiterates that the ONE Interim Flyweight Championship isn’t just his. “It’s ours,” he said. @ONEChampionship pic.twitter.com/URPfFEeukU— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) January 26, 2018 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ “If he’s ready, I’m ready. Rock and roll, let’s go,” he said.New ONE Interim Flyweight Champion Geje Eustaquio says that he’s ready to face current Flyweight Champion Adriano Moraes anytime. “Rock and roll,” he said. @ONEChampionship pic.twitter.com/UdB2Knoqr6FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) January 26, 2018 ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy PLAY LIST 01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City It was a different Eustaquio who entered the cage on Friday as the Team Lakay veteran was in control of the match for the full five rounds and showed tremendous poise in times when his Kazakh foe put him in dangerous situations.And all of that is a testament to his stringent training going to his rematch with Akhmetov, improving every facet of his game to avenge his split decision loss in Jakarta last September.Aside from his usual training in the Team Lakay Gym in Benguet, Eustaquio also worked on his wrestling under coach Ali Heydarabadi and developed his jiu-jitsu, making the victory over the former ONE Flyweight Champion indisputable this time out.“Coach Mark (Sangiao) always makes sure that every time I win or lose, I learn,” he said.That’s why Eustaquio is positive that the next time he and Moraes cross paths, it will be a different story compared to their first clash back in September 2014 in Phnom Penh, where the Brazilian bet won the vacant flyweight title he submitted the Filipino challenger with a guillotine choke in the second round.ADVERTISEMENT ONE Flyweight Champion Adriano Moraes and ONE Interim Flyweight Champion Geje Eustaquio face off. Photo from ONE Championship.New ONE Interim Flyweight Champion Geje Eustaquio is ready to move on after proving his doubters wrong with his unanimous decision win over Kairat Akhmetov in the main event of ONE: Global Superheroes on Friday.The 28-year-old had no second thoughts when asked if he’s ready to unify the titles against current champion Adriano Moraes in a potential mega-match in the near future.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View commentslast_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 2 (PTI) Government today condemned an incident of protest against Deputy Chairman P J Kurien at a university in Kerala last week as members in Rajya Sabha today expressed serious concern over it. According to reports, Kurien was last week shown black flags at the MG University campus in Kerala by a group of people said to be activists of BJP Yuva Morcha, who claimed he had abruptly adjourned Rajya Sabha during a debate on Rohith Vemula suicide and the JNU incident when HRD Minister Smriti Irani was speaking. Kurien, who was in the Chair when the issue was raised by TRS member Dr K Keshava Rao, however said the incident had arisen because of a “misundertanding” and he had no personal complaint to make in the matter. Raising the issue, Rao said he was moving a Privilege Motion on three parties including the BJP on the incident and said that it was an instance of “bullying tactics” and “rowdyism”. This, he said, was a threat to free debate in the House. Several other opposition members supported Rao. CPI leader D Raja also expressed anguish, saying “it is a matter of protecting the office of Presiding Officer” and an “attack on the Presiding officer outside (the House) is attack on parliamentary democracy.” As opposition members expressed concern, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the government had learnt of the incidents from news reports and it “condemns” such an incident. Naqvi told the House that BJP President Amit Shah and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu have sought a report from the state unit of the party regarding the incident and if required, action would also be taken. Kurien said the protest was result of a misunderstanding and though he could have complained in his official capacity, he had not done so. He said the matter should not be stretched too much. The Deputy Chairman also requested Rao not to press his privilege notice as the Minister had also condemned the incident. Earlier, BSP chief Mayawati also stood up and said that a case of breach of privilege was made against HRD Minister Irani for presenting wrong facts. Kurien assured the BSP chief that the matter would be considered. PTI ADS ARCadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgVisakhapatnam, Apr 4 (PTI) Five young skaters from Andhra Pradesh have been selected to represent India in a national championship to be held next week in Malaysia.Pratham Tated, Priyam Tated and M Vishal Anand (all from Visakhapatnam), Jaswanth Kumar and Riya Saboo (both from Vijayawada) will be part of the 14-member Indian team that will take part in the 11th Malaysian Open National Figure Skating Championship to be held in Kuala Lumpur from April 14 to 17.All five were trained under the coach P Satyanarayana.Talking to newspersons here today, General Secretary of Shivaji Park Skating Association (SPSA) Mahendra Tated and Bhavana Nair, Manager of Andhra skating team, said the five athletes have received numerous medals at the national-level championships.The Ice Skating Association of India has selected the five skaters to participate in the Malaysian championship, they said.Ahead of the event, they will attend a training camp in Kula Lumpur from April 6.”Priyam Tated and Jaswanth have clinched medals in the international events and we are hopeful these skaters from AP will bring laurels to the country by winning medals in the prestigious event,” they added.Speaking at the press meet, the Malaysia-bound skaters said considering the popularity of the sport, the Government should extend support to it by building infrastructure.Satyanarayana said along with the sport, these skaters are also pursuing their studies and they are sure to do India proud in the coming years. PTI COR RSY PTPlast_img read more


first_imgA confident Mumbai Indians, who won six consecutive games in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), are all set to take on resurgent Rising Pune Supergiant at the Wankhede Stadium here on Monday.Mumbai Indians, who defeated Delhi Daredevils by 14 runs in the cash-rich tournament on Saturday, will be aiming for their seventh straight win — now against Rising Pune Supergiant, who defeated Mumbai in their campaign opener of the league on April 6.The batting and bowling department clicked well in every game since then, and thus the table-toppers will be in positive state of mind.Bowlers have been consistent with a bunch of experienced players in their line-up.On the other hand, Australian Steven Smith-led Pune, who defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets in their last encounter, will be fresh and would be raring to for another victory.Pune team, which has won three matches from six games, will be positive as former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni showed the signs to returning in form. The Ranchi stumper smashed an unbeaten 61 off 34 balls to steer the side home in the last over.To overcome a strong team like Mumbai, Pune will have to put up a strong show with both the bat and the ball. The visitors will be expecting skipper Steve Smith, Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary and Ben Stokes to fire in order to post a good total.Pune’s bowling, always the weak link, must be confident after a much needed victory against Hyderabad. In this crucial tie, a lot will depend on how veteran South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir performs.advertisementTeams:Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Jos Buttler, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Asela Gunaratne, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Kulwant Khejroliya, Siddhesh Lad, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper), Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Punia, Nitish Rana, Ambati Rayudu, Jitesh Sharma, Karn Sharma, Lendl Simmons, Tim Southee, Jagadeesha Suchith, Saurabh Tiwary, R Vinay Kumar.Rising Pune Supergiant: Steve Smith (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Ashok Dinda, Faf du Plessis, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Sharma, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Daniel Christian, Lockie Ferguson, Imran Tahir, Jaskaran Singh, Usman Khawaja, Saurabh Kumar, Ben Stokes, Washington Sundar, Milind Tandon, Manoj Tiwary, Adam Zampa, Jaydev Unadkat, Ishwar Pandey, Rahul Tripathi, Shardul Thakur.last_img read more


first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares TORONTO — John Tavares again felt right at home on the road in Toronto.With 30 family members and friends watching from the stands, the New York Islanders captain continued his career mastery at Air Canada Centre and extended his lead in the NHL scoring race.And for good measure, Tavares scored the winning goal in overtime.Tavares netted his 33rd goal of the season 4:38 into the extra session, capping the Islanders’ two-goal comeback in a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 9.Tavares, an Ontario native, went around several defenders to score the winning goal during a delayed Toronto penalty. With a goal and assist, he stretched his advantage in the scoring race to three points over Washington’s Alex Ovechkin.“He’s one of the best players in the world,” said Maple Leafs center Peter Holland, whose job for the second and third periods was to defend Tavares.“He’s so skilled. He’s very good at making passes out there, and he’s so strong on the puck down low in the offensive zone that it’s tough to contain him.”Tavares, who was born in and lives in nearby Mississauga and grew up in Oakville, has the most points of any visiting player at Air Canada Centre since he entered the NHL in the 2009-10 season.“I just try to prepare like every other game,” Tavares said. “I don’t try to put too much pressure on myself or look at it any differently because I’m from here and I have a lot of friends and family (in attendance).“But you have them here, and you certainly want to play well.” Tavares has four overtime goals this season.“I just tried to gain some speed,” Tavares said. “I saw their defenseman kind of backed off and kind of gave me the lane to the net. I just was able to hesitate enough to open up Bernier, and I was just happy it trickled in.”Tyler Kennedy — in his Islanders debut — Frans Nielson and Casey Cizikas all scored in the third period for New York (43-21-4), which has a three-point lead over the New York Rangers atop the Metropolitan Division.Michal Neuvirth made 22 saves for the Islanders, who will host the Rangers on March 10.David Booth, Holland and James van Riemsdyk scored for the Maple Leafs (26-35-6). Jonathan Bernier made 39 saves.New York trailed 2-0 and 3-1 in the third period. “It’s a much better feeling than it could have been,” Tavares said. “We were disappointed with our first two periods.”Two days after Maple Leafs interim coach Peter Horachek criticized his team for a lack of effort in a blowout loss to St. Louis, Toronto showed plenty but couldn’t complete the victory.“We did do some good things, but when you’re up by two goals in the third on home ice, you should never lose the game,” said van Riemsdyk, whose goal was just his second in 18 games.With Nazem Kadri scratched as punishment for missing a team meeting, Horachek changed up the lines and broke up the trio of van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel. It paid off for much of the night.Booth opened the scoring 18:23 into the first period by deking and lifting a backhander past Neuvirth. The goal was Booth’s third in three games after he scored only one in his first 41 this season.Less than a minute after Bernier made a big stop on Tavares, Holland followed up on a loose puck at the side of the net to give the Maple Leafs a 2-0 lead at 10:27 of the third.Kennedy cut the deficit in half 1:32 into the third period off a pass from Tavares. After van Riemsdyk restored Toronto’s two-goal lead with a goal off the rush at 6:06, the Islanders continued their comeback.With Booth in the penalty box, Nielsen scored at 9:58. Just 30 seconds later, Cizikas tipped a shot by Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic past Bernier to tie it.As the Islanders buzzed around him, Bernier made two saves in the final seconds of regulation to get the game to overtime.last_img read more


first_imgLudhiana, Aug 15 (PTI) On the occasion of the 72nd Independence Day today, the Punjab government conferred state awards to 17 people for their outstanding contribution in various fields. The awardees included social activists, sports persons, progressive entrepreneurs and governmentofficials, who had made extraordinary efforts to achieve their respective targets besides playing a significant role in the social sector, an official statement said. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh conferred a certificate and cash award to Sahil Chopra of Patiala for clinching eight international and 13 national medals, respectively, in swimming. The second recipient, hearing and visually impaired Yashvir Goyal from Bathinda, excelled in badminton and chess games and brought laurels to the state by winning several medals in state and national badminton and chess championships, respectively, the statement said. District Programme Officer Tarn Taran Hardeep Kaur was honoured for her commendable services in ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’ campaign. With her strenuous efforts, the Tarn Taran has been enlisted among the three best districts in ‘impressive community’ category. Eliza Bansal of Lehragaga, Sangrur district, was rewarded for securing the first position in the AIIMS entrance examination. Her award was received by principal Pardeep Kumar on her behalf. Forest and Wildlife Security officer Davinder Singh received the award for discharging his duties with utmost dedication, devotion, passion and honesty, according to the statement. Industrialist Anil Bharti, who is president of the Swami Vivekanand Swaraj Ashram Trust, Ludhiana, was honoured for his exemplary social services. Shalma Sall of Payal sub-division was rewarded for successfully running a gaushala and looking after 33 cows having nil milk production.advertisement Rupinder Kaur, who is the president of Power House Youth Club, Patiala, was honoured for her social services and fight against social evils like drug consumption, female foeticide and dowry. Renowned industrialist Sanjiv Arora was honoured for serving cancer patients and ensuring free of cost treatment to more than 100 cancer patients of poor families since 2005. The chief minister also honoured Sukhpal Singh, sanitary inspector of the Nagar Council Ferozepur for effectively implementing the Swachh Bharat mission and constructing 1,270 toilets. Gobinder Sohal, who is an artist by profession from Patiala, was honoured for his rare paintings relating to religious and historic importance. Jasmeen Kaur of Bathinda, who won the gold medal in the international sub-junior Asian Powerlifting Championship 2018, and Husnpreet Kaur of Charri village, Fatehgarh Sahib, who secured silver and gold medals during fencing competitions in England in July this year, were also rewarded. Mumtaz, who clinched bronze in fencing championship in England was also honoured. The awardees also included Bahadur Singh of Bullowal Hoshiarpur for donating blood 44 times and working against drug abuse, Dr Rajnish Kapoor for his valuable services in the medical field in Patiala district, and DSP Gurjot Singh Klair for excelling in countering the cyber crime. PTI SUN HP AQSAQSlast_img read more


first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh and Bharat Sharma Jakarta, Aug 29 (PTI) Heptathlete Swapna Barman added a dash of heroism to her historic gold medal, triple jumper Arpinder Singh personified the predictability that comes with a favourite tag, while sprinter Dutee Chand continued to rediscover herself as track-and-field remained India’s happy hunting ground at the 18th Asian Games here. The surprise story of the day was table tennis where old warhorse A Sharath Kamal and new sensation Manika Batra broke new grounds, giving India a first ever mixed doubles medal at the Asiad — a bronze. As a result of these path-breaking performances, the country remained on course to better its previous edition’s haul and tallied 54 medals — 11 gold, 20 silver and 23 bronze. Competing with a plastered face owing to a teeth injury, described as a a case of infection, the battle-hardened Swapna topped the overall standings to garb her maiden Asiad gold. The daughter of a rickshaw puller who has been bed-ridden by stroke since 2013, Swapna logged 6026 points from the seven events competed over two days. She won the high jump (1003 points) and javelin throw (872 points) events and finished second-best in shot put (707 points) and long jump (865 points). Her weakest events were 100m (981 points, 5th position) and 200m in which she finished seventh with 790 points. But the tremendous overall effort was enough to make her the first heptathlete to notch up a gold at the continental showpiece. Another history-maker was Arpinder, becoming the first triple jumper in 48 years to fetch a gold after Mohinder Singh Gill (1970).advertisement The athlete from Punjab bossed the finals, making the gold-winning jump of 16.77m in just his third attempt and was never really threatened by the rest of the field. Then there was Dutee, continuing to enjoy her return to top flight athletics, by adding a 200m silver to the one she clinched in the 100m event. Dutee was not allowed to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games as she was embroiled in a hyperandrogenism case, which eventually went in her favour at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS). Today, she crossed the line in 23.20 which was 0.149 slower than the gold medal winner from Bharain, Edidiong Odiong (22.96). “I have faced a lot since 2014. No one has gone through such a bad phase. I am glad that I could win two medal for the country. There is always this fear that it might come back. But more the fear, the harder I train,” the diminutive runner said after finding her silver lining. The Indian table tennis contingent’s dream run also got better when Kamal and Batra, both Commonwealth Games gold-winners, exceeded their own expectations to win a historic mixed doubles bronze. It was only yesterday that the Kamal-led men’s team had secured a bronze, ending India’s 60-year-wait for a maiden medal at the Asian Games. Today, Kamal and Batra played four matches in a day and only the opener against Malaysia was comfortable. In the semifinals, Kamal and Batra made life tough for China’s Yingsha Sun and Wang Sun before going down 9-11, 5-11, 13-11, 4-11, 8-11. “It has been an unbelievable campaign so far. Not even in my wildest dreams, I thought of winning a medal at the Asian Games. Now I have got that too. I am still pinching myself,” said Kamal, who will also compete in the men’s doubles and singles competiton. The women’s hockey team provided the perfect end to the day, by making the finals with a 1-0 win over China. The team is now assured of a better medal than the bronze it won the last time around. Also on a roll were the squash players. In their best ever show at the Games, they were assured of two more medals after the men’s and women’s teams advanced to the semifinals. The men’s defeated Thailand, while the women sailed past China, both winning by by an identical 3-0 margin. The squash players had claimed three bronze medals in the singles competition and with two medals assured in team events, they have exceeded their 2014 performance in terms of number of medals won. There were mixed results in the boxing ring. Star boxer Vikas Krishan (75kg) overcame a bleeding left eye to be assured of an unprecedented third consecutive Asian Games medal, while Amit Panghal (49kg) produced a power-packed performance in his quarterfinal bout to guarantee himself a maiden podium finish. However, it was curtains for world silver-medallist Sarjubala Devi (51kg) after she lost her quarterfinal bout 0-5 to China’s Chang Yuan. Her loss means that Indian women boxers would be returning without a medal from the Asiad for the first time since the event was added to the Games in 2010.advertisement The overall haul from boxing is going to be just two this time, a massive drop from a gold and four bronze medals achieved in 2014. There was no end to disappointments in judo, and sepaktakraw, where Indians failed to register any result of significance. After delivering a surprise silver and bronze yesterday, the Kurash contingent endured a disappointing day, failing to win. Already out of reckoning, the Indian men’s handball team ended its campaign on a positive note, defeating Indonesia in a group 3 main round match. PTI AT/BS PM PMlast_img read more


first_imgCOA member and former India captain Diana Edulji has brushed off the controversy surrounding Mithali Raj’s exclusion from the Indian side for the Women’s World T20 semi-final, saying team selection can’t be questioned and that the team just had a bad day in the Caribbean.Mithali was dropped for India’s eight-wicket defeat to England despite the former captain recovering from a knee injury that kept her out of the group-stage tie against eventual champions Australia.The team management’s decision kicked up a storm as fans and critics questioned the selection. Mithali’s manager Annisha Gupta slammed Harmanpreet, calling the skipper a “manipulative, lying cheat” before deleting her post on Twitter.”I think too much is being made out of it. The management (captain Harmanpreet Kaur, coach Ramesh Powar, vice captain Smriti Mandhana and selector Sudha Shah) made the decision of not changing a winning combination and that backfired. If India had won the game, I am sure nobody would have questioned their decision,” Edulji, a former Indian captain said.Also read: Will Mithali Raj retire from T20Is after World T20 fiasco in West Indies?”We can’t be questioning the team eleven. Another example is of Krunal Pandya, who was thrashed in the first T20 but bounced back strongly yesterday. These things happen in the game,” she said.In the two innings Mithali played in the tournament, she scored 51 and 56, against Ireland and Pakistan respectively.Also read: Ganguly relates to Mithali’s omission from World T20 semi-final: ‘Welcome to the group’Harmanpreet defended the decision to keep Mithali out of the eleven, saying “whatever we decided, we decided for the team”.advertisement”As I see it. It was just a bad day for India. The batting failed and when England were chasing, the dew made it tougher for the bowlers. The performance was unexpected, especially after the big win against Australia,” Edulji added.”I wish they had a bad game like that earlier in the competition and not in the all-important semifinal. The girls now have a New Zealand tour coming up, they must move on from this loss and work harder on their game.”No COA meeting planned yetEdulji also made it clear that no COA meeting has been planned yet with captain Harmanpreet and Mithali.Also read: Mithali Raj ‘terribly disappointed’ after World T20 semis axing, says personal coach”It was a selection matter. There is no need for the COA to intervene. If they want to have a word with us, then that can be looked at. We only step in when it is required like it was when Tushar Arothe stepped down,” she said.Arothe had to quit in July after he developed differences with the senior players over his training methods. Former India spinner Powar was appointed the full-time head coach in August and his term will end on November 30.last_img read more


first_imgFiorentina have beaten AC Milan to the loan signing of Sevilla striker Luis Muriel.Colombia international Muriel became Sevilla’s record signing when he joined from Sampdoria for a reported €22 million in July 2017, but he has failed to live up to expectations.The 27-year-old scored only seven goals in 29 La Liga appearances last season, frustrating fans with a lack of killer instinct in front of goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Under new coach Pablo Machin, Muriel played just six times in La Liga this term, with Wissam Ben Yedder and Andre Silva the preferred options in attack.Milan had been touted as favourites to sign Muriel as they look to bolster their attacking options, but Fiorentina ultimately managed to get the deal over the line.Muriel joins the club initially on loan, but they retain the right to purchase him – reportedly for €13m – at the end of the season.Fiorentina will be his fourth Italian club after previous spells at Lecce, Udinese and Sampdoria.last_img read more


first_imgzoom Shanghai-based Wison Offshore & Marine has received Approval in Principle (AIP) from Bureau Veritas for its newly-developed large-scale Floating LNG Storage and Regasification Terminal.Featuring scalable storage capacity up to equivalent size of a Q-Max, this is the first large-scale FSRU barge design that has been granted AIP by a classification society, according to Wison.The company added that the full-size floating LNG terminal solution offers an economical alternative to the conventional LNG regasification vessels (LNG RV) especially for markets with long-term demand.Furthermore, the barge design lowers initial capital investments, up to 20 percent compared with LNG RV of equivalent size, as well as O&M costs, while enabling uninterrupted service throughout project lifecycle.“Wison large-scale FSRU is a fit-for-purpose facility designed with practical operation considerations. It features scalable storage capacity from 150,000 m³ to 265,000 m³ and a base case design of 750 mmscfd regasification capacity expandable to fit project needs,” David W. Chen, Senior Solution Manager at Wison Offshore & Marine, said.“Designed for near-shore/at shore application, the FSRU can also be deployed offshore with a single point mooring system,” Chen added.last_img read more


first_imgThere are 52 weeks in a year, why not make at least one of them meat-free? Now in its fifth year, US VegWeek (April 22-28) is a fun way to explore a wide variety of meat-free foods and discover the many benefits of vegetarian eating—for our health, the planet, and animals. This year’s celebration, kicking off on Earth Day, will be bigger and better than ever!Former NBA star and vegan advocate John Salley will be kicking off Ann Arbor’s full week of vegan events! He’ll be joined by Mayor John Heiftje who will issue a Proclamation making Ann Arbor VegWeek “official.”John Salley, former Detroit Pistons player and four-time NBA champion, is a father, athlete, actor, entrepreneur, talk show host, philanthropist, wellness advocate, and vegan. John has adopted a plant-based lifestyle and is a frequent speaker at VegFests across the United States. As a Wellness Advocate, one of John’s main missions in life is to educate people about the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle through better eating habits.John will be at the Ann Arbor Big Kickoff event at Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley Street at 7pm on Monday, 4/22. Find out more here.To learn more about US Veg Week 2013, visit USVegWeek.com.last_img read more


first_imgThe Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will feature exhibits on Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Loretta Lynn and Shania Twain in 2017. Login/Register With: Advertisement The museum announced Friday their slate of exhibitions for the new year, which also includes a new exhibition called American Currents, focusing on music from 2016. Facebook The exhibit on Aldean, who was named Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, will open in May, while the exhibit on Canadian-born star Twain will open in June. Hall of Fame member Lynn, whose hits include “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “Fist City,” will be featured in an extensive exhibit opening in August. And finally in November, an exhibit on the intertwined careers of country music star couple Hill and McGraw will open. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgAPTN National NewsThere are concerns tonight on the whereabouts of several bones dug up outside a former residential school in Ontario.The school sits just outside Six Nations territory.The discovery furthered the case that some children attending the school may have been dumped into unmarked graves.But now, one of the archeologists working the case has some questions for the researchers.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith has this story.last_img


first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — President Trump kicks off two days of diplomacy at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina on Friday after his abrupt decision to cancel a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin overshadowed the proceedings before they even started.Trump barrelled into the two-day meeting by announcing via Twitter that he was cancelling on Putin over Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian vessels. His agenda Friday is expected to include meetings with world leaders, the signing of a revamped trade deal with Canada and Mexico, as well as a number of group activities for the gathering of rich and developing nations.Coming into this G-20, Trump faces a series of diplomatic challenges — most notably whether he can strike an agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) to ease trade tensions.Catherine Lucey And Zeke Miller, The Associated Presslast_img read more


first_imgAlexandria — The family of a blogger whose death became a rallying cry in Egypt’s 2011 uprising called for the maximum jail term as a court readied to give its verdict Monday in the retrial of two policemen.Policemen Mahmoud Salah Mahmoud and Awad Ismail Suleiman are accused of torturing and killing Khaled Said in June 2010 after unlawfully arresting him at an Internet cafe in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.An initial trial sentenced the defendants to seven years in jail in October 2011 after finding them guilty of unlawful arrest and excessive brutality. Egypt’s Court of Cassation ordered the retrial after the defendants appealed, while angry supporters of Said felt the sentence was too lenient.“We have asked for the maximum sentence, which is 15 years in prison,” Mahmud el-Bakri Atifi, lawyer for Said’s family, told AFP, adding that the earlier verdict was an “injustice”.“Egyptians must be reassured that the police offer them security and are not a threat to them.”Police initially said that Said choked to death after swallowing a packet of drugs.Medics, however, said he died of asphyxiation after being beaten, and that the packet of drugs was thrust in his mouth when he was unconscious.Pictures of Said’s badly marred face after his death spread on the Internet and his case became synonymous with police brutality under then president Hosni Mubarak.His death became a flashpoint between Mubarak’s government and opposition activists, who vented their anger on a Facebook page called “We are all Khaled Said”.It was on this page that one of the first calls was issued for the revolt which toppled Mubarak.Said’s supporters and opposition activists have often clashed with security forces, in particular during the trial hearings.last_img read more


LONDON — A union says Ford plans to close its engine plant in Bridgend, Wales, in September 2020.The GMB union says union leaders are being given the news by company officials on Thursday. Ford is expected to make an announcement later about the plant, which employs 1,700 people.GMB regional organizer Jeff Beck says the news is “a real hammer blow for the Welsh economy and the community in Bridgend.”It is the latest setback for Britain’s auto industry.Honda announced in May that it will close its western England car factory in 2021. And in February Nissan announced that it would not build a new SUV in Sunderland, northeast England, as previously planned.The news comes amid anxiety about the economic damage being done by the uncertainty around Brexit.The Associated Press read more


26 February 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced disappointment that the continued appeal against her house arrest in Myanmar by prominent pro-democracy and opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was rejected again. “The Secretary-General reiterates his call for the release of all political prisoners and their free participation in the political process,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson. “These are essential steps for national reconciliation and democratic transition in Myanmar,” it added. Ms. Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD), was sentenced last August to an additional 18 months of house arrest. She was convicted of violating state security laws after an uninvited United States citizen gained access to her home after serving over 14 years in detention, according to media reports. Earlier this month, NLD Vice-Chairman U Tin Oo was released after six years of house arrest, in a move welcomed by the Secretary-General, who expressed hope that the development would lead to a more “credible and inclusive political process.” The first elections in Myanmar in more than two decades are slated to take place later this year as part of a Government-designed timetable towards greater democratization. read more


RIMOUSKI, Que. — Cleanup crews continued their work Friday after a gasoline spill at a Suncor Energy Inc. facility in eastern Quebec.It was not immediately clear how much gas spilled from the reservoir, which has a capacity of two million litres.Enbridge Inc shuts down pipeline to U.S. after leak releases 1,350 barrels of oil at pumping stationAfter an unusual land deal, a giant spill and a tanker-train explosion, anxiety grips oil-rich U.S.Suncor (TSX:SU) and environment officials transferred at least 1.4 million litres of gasoline to tanker-trucks.Authorities said they were advised of the leak in Rimouski at about 6 p.m. on Thursday.There were no injuries. read more